Florist leaves ‘lonely bouquets’ in random places to make strangers smile
A florist left free flower arrangements in public places to brighten up people’s days.
Amanda Meese, the 44-year-old owner of Amanda’s Flowers in Oldbury, West Midlands, has gifted strangers nearly 20 bouquets since she started doing little acts of kindness in June.
Meese leaves the arrangements in various public places, such as bus stops, parking lots and outdoor nurseries, posting photographs of the flowers as “clues” to where to find them on her Facebook page.
Meese said The independent it was originally inspired by National Lonely Bouquet Day.
Taking place in June, the annual event sees florists dedicate an entire day to making strangers happy by leaving their arrangements in public places for people to find.
But following the overwhelming positive response she received after leaving the first six bouquets, she decided to continue.
“I love doing it and making people smile,” Meese said, adding that she wanted to be able to brighten people’s mood during the pandemic.
“We’ve all had a bad year with the lockdowns, the Christmas lockdown and not being able to see friends and family.
“It’s been a horrible year, and everyone just needed a little courage.”
Meese’s flower program has since gone viral on Facebook, with the latest post having been viewed more than 40,000 times.
“Lonely bouquets are waiting for a new home. I played flower fairy and randomly left six bouquets to find. I hope they make someone smile this weekend,” he said. -she writes in the caption.
The post has since received comments from a few of the lucky locals who found the flowers.
“I am one of the lucky ones. Thank you so much. I had a rotten week and they really brightened up my day, ”said one recipient.
Another person made an arrangement on a bridge while walking their dog.
“They received a beautiful house with my parents who were on my way. What an absolute treat. Thank you very much, ”the user said.
Meese also revealed that someone who found a bouquet decided to gift them to a district nurse who treated her brother as a thank you for his service.
“I took them home and forwarded them to the district nurse who was touched to receive them,” the person wrote in an email.
“The result of this was to put a smile on my face, my brother’s face and also a reward for an important social worker.”
Meese received an equally positive response on social media.
“It’s beautiful, what a beautiful thing. It’s good to know that there are still altruistic people. Well done, you are a diamond, ”said one Facebook user.
Another wrote: “A beautiful act of kindness and such beautiful flowers. “
While Meese has confirmed that she plans to continue leaving arrangements for people to find, she has not revealed when the next batch will be left.